Discussion in 'Character Development' started by GingerCoffee, Feb 11, 2015.
Oh, yeah, definitely a rich boy. Dynastic. Probably Grayson III.
Well that's my character, a rich boy.
No, a cross-dressing artist.
Well it's never 100% of the readers.
I would go the "Clueless" route and pick a celeb name. Everyone has a different high school experience and so the baggage is going to be different, both per school and generation. You can see this with how the most common name lists vary from year to year. Gwyneth and Madonna each lack much ambiguity in this regard.
Your other option is to pick a name with the potential to sound bitchy but introduce some color behind the name when the character is introduced. Just as Greyson seems like it should come with a III, maybe an Elizabeth is named after her grandmother who worked for Vogue or married an English nobleman. Both examples would lend themselves to superficial importance.
Jenny, Regina, Ashley.
My protagonist's mother's name is Heather-- she's not willfully mean, per se, but she's very self-centered, very concerned about appearance and social status, and is really one of those women who should never have been a mother at all.
I would suggest Claudia or Marcia-- maybe tweak with the spellings a bit.
Priscilla. The very sound of it is reptilian.
"Priscilla." I scrunched my nose. "They should have named her Prissy," I said.
I like names I can play word games with like - Syndle - sin doll, Violet - violent. I also like three syllable names - like Pamela, Cassandra, Makayla, Kimberly, Vivian, Pandora, Jessica. They're good for yelling - JESS-I-CA!
Three bitchy character names I liked - Dreama ( from a short lived t.v. sitcom ), Palmer ( from a short lived 90s book series ), and Darien ( from the original version of the Crush )
You could also go with something classic and strong like an old movie star name - Ava, Bridget, Faye, Olivia, Simone, Veronica.
Violet's good. It reminds me of the girl in Charlie and the Chcolate Factory. Yanno, the rich, spoiled, bratty girl who turns into a blueberry?
I'd steer clear of Regina though. That's the name of a mean girl in the actual movie Mean Girls. Some people might relate them too closely.
Hillary Faye is the mean girl in Saved. I like the double name but I wasn't sure if it was too obvious as well.
It's just the most ridiculous thing I've ever heard. We're not cats.
But you're in Oz. Are you a Brit?
Not that it matters. Red hair doesn't work like that genetically, no matter where in the world you are. Like every other hair colour. Yes, it's recessive, but it doesn't favour one sex ...
I wasn't suggesting ginger boys meant there were no ginger girls. But I grew up with this name and besides being told more than one person knew a dog named Ginger, and it meant gin when I tried to say it in Spanish, I was told it was generally a boys name in the UK.
It wasn't my idea. I didn't make it up. It's something I was told.
Sorry, but it's something that was said to me more than once. Take it up with your fellow Brits.
All the Laurens i met are some of the best people in the world. But yeah Lauren Conrad is snooty. Those names sound like they belong in mythology more than a classic American highschool mean girl however.
It was an attempt at future names, not mythology. I take it I've failed.
You're talking about Ginger as a name rather than a hair colour?
... Confused. If so, I've never met a boy or girl named Ginger.
For the name, how about a normalish name with a horrible nickname people could stick her with. Like Helen could be shortened to Hell.
Pretty much if you capitalize Ginger you are referring to a name, not a color.
Are you too young to have heard of Ginger Baker?
I've never MET Ginger Baker, but Ginger's not his birth name anyway ...
I was half asleep when I read that comment @GingerCoffee. I thought you needed some educating. But all is well
For those who didn't get the joke (and need educating?):
Like I just said in our private conversation, I KNOW the joke from South Park. The joke from South Park is about people with ginger HAIR, therefore I made a mistaken connection in my head.
There's no need to be bitchy.
I said 'I THOUGHT you needed educating.' But you didn't.
Please let it go.
@GingerCoffee Are the people in your world predominantly of Anglo-American descent? I'm just thinking if the cultural background of your characters would affect their name choices.
How about Bebe?
(Don't take this seriously for the love of God.)
Separate names with a comma.